Breaking: Amosun, loyalists refloat APM ahead of 2023 elections, adopt Tinubu as presidential candidate ...To adopts Otegbeye as gov candidate - The People's Voice


Saturday, August 6, 2022

Breaking: Amosun, loyalists refloat APM ahead of 2023 elections, adopt Tinubu as presidential candidate ...To adopts Otegbeye as gov candidate

By Jumoke Adeogun, Abeokuta

Loyalist of former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun within the All Progressives Congress, APC, have concluded plans to refloat the Allied Peoples Movement, APM ahead of the 2023 elections.

A businessman, an insurance expert and a former governorship aspirant on the platform of APC, Biyi Otegbeye, has been concluded to be governorship candidate of the APM.

Otegbeye, a law graduate of the Lagos State University, is the managing Director, Regence Alliance Insurance PLC from 2011 till date.

It was gathered, the APM will adopt the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APM, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as its presidential candidate.

Amosun floated APM in 2019 to push for the candidature of Adekunle Akinlade, his preferred governorship candidate after Akinlade's failure to clinch the ticket on the platform of APC in the State.

Amosun who was on the ballot for Ogun Central Senatorial District on the platform the APC, openly led the APM campaign across the State.

Akinlade came second in the election after securing 222, 153 votes behind Abiodun's 241,670.

Governor Amosun has alleged that the election was rigged and that those who rigged the election against his candidate had apologised to him.

Akinlade, who used the platform in 2019 election has since defected to the opposition party Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the deputy governorship candidate of the Party, the decision which has polarised the political family of the former Governor and the good people of Ogun west senatorial district "Yewa/Awori".

Both Akinlade and Otegbeye slugged it out with Abiodun during the APC governorship primaries, both were said to have scored zero votes, even when a vote was announced in favour of Otegbeye, it was later recorded as void vote.

A source who is closer to the former Governor confirmed, under condition of anonymity that plans have been concluded to refloat APM again.

"Yes, APM is the deal, we are not going to the PDP and be rest assured that we are ready for the game. We are putting finishing touches to the plan, and not too long from now, the state will see where we are going."

Asked if the decision to refloat APM, few months to the election, was not too late, the source said, "By November, you can ask the same question and we will see if it is too late or not, thanks."

The Party was using the substitution window provided in the timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to replace the place holders across board.

It was further gathered that some members of Ogun State House of Assembly who lost their primaries under APC were already talking to the APM for possible slots.

Hon Kolawaole Lawal, a member of Federal House of Representatives representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal constituency and a former member of House of Representatives, Mukaila Kassim, are some of the teams being put together by the APM.

While Lawal, popularly called KLM is seeking a return ticket from the same federal constituency, Kassim who represented Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda has moved to Abeokuta South federal constituency to slug it out with other counterpart.

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